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Finnish Retail Chain Increases Resilience of 480 Convenience Stores With SD-WAN

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R-Kioski is an entrepreneur-driven convenience store chain offering food and drink as well as a wide range of everyday products and services. Suffering frequent network outages with multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) linking their remote stores to the 100+ servers at the central data center and headquarters, R-Kioski saw an opportunity to find a more secure and reliable alternative and, after an extensive period of research and testing, chose Fortinet’s Secure SD-Branch Solution. The Fortinet Secure SD-WAN technology of the FortiGate next-generation firewall (NGFW) with the switched and wireless network access provided by FortiSwitch and FortiAP, Fortinet SD-Branch gave R-Kioski a secure, manageable, and highly cost-effective solution to the remote connectivity challenges of their 480 stores.

“To provide the network resilience we were after, we needed link redundancy with at least two connections to each shop. By moving to Fortinet’s Secure SD-WAN solution, we were able to do this without increasing our overall communications costs.”

– Lauri Paatelainen, Technology Manager for R-Kioski

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Business Impact

Improved resilience to network failure and attack

Increased visibility and control by converging security, LAN, and WAN

50% reduction in calls to in-house service desk


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